2019 Salsa

Journeyman Flat Bar Claris 650

An aluminum frame gravel bike with mid-range components and mechanical disc brakes.
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MSRP$949
Weight27.3 lbs  
FrameAluminum
SuspensionRigid
ForkCarbon
Wheels650b Aluminum
Drivetrain2 × 8
GroupsetClaris, FSA
BrakesMechanical Disc
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Gearing

A bike with lower gearing will be easier to ride up steep hills, while a higher top end means it will pedal faster down hills.

Lowest gear

(climbing)

34 mph

Journeyman Flat Bar Claris 650

36 mph

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Sizing
XS

4'9" – 5'4"

SM

5'2" – 5'9"

MD

5'7" – 6'1"

LG

5'11" – 6'4"

XL

6'2" +

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Reviews
BIKEPACKING.com
Salsa Journeyman Review (650B)

Aug 2019 · Logan Watts

In our Salsa Journeyman review, we took three 650B builds on an epic trip through the wilds of Montana to see how this budget off-road drop-bar rig performs

Highs
  • Frame and fork are well designed and offer a great bang for the buck

  • Frame geometry suited for a blend of exploration and fun

  • Loads of mounting options

  • 650B x 2.1″ tires offer a wide range of capability

  • Cowbell handlebars and cockpit components are solid

  • Apex 1 drivetrain isn’t too bad, but definitely not great

Lows
  • Gearing is too high; a crankset that could fit a smaller chainring or 11-46T cassette would be better

  • Thru-axles are commonplace these days and QR skewers feel like an unnecessary step backward

  • Non-tubeless compatible tires come standard on all model

  • If I’m splitting hairs, I’d prefer 27mm internal width rims and a Cowchipper handlebar

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off.road.cc
Salsa Journeyman Apex 1 650 review

Jul 2019

Salsa is an iconic bike brand that's been doing off-road capable drop bar bikes longer than most. The Journeyman brings this expertise and experience to a lower price, and there’s a lot to like about this pink beauty. But its beauty is only skin deep. While the ride and handling are very good, and there are some good components, it’s under specced compared to rivals which make it hard to recommend.

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Specs
Build
Frame

Journeyman Flat Bar

BB StandardBSA, 68mm, Threaded

ColorOrange

Fork

Fantail with Three-Pack Mounts

Shock

N/A

Bottom Bracket

68mm BSA

Headset

FSA Sealed Bearing

Stem

Salsa Guide

Handlebar

Salsa Salt Flat

Saddle

WTB Volt

Seatpost

Salsa Guide 27.2 x 350mm

TypeRigid

Grips

Salsa File Tread

Groupset
Rear Derailleur

Shimano Claris GS 8-speed

Front Derailleur

Shimano Claris

Crank

FSA Tempo Adventure, 46/30t

Shifters

Shimano Claris Rapidfire Plus

Cassette

Sunrace 8-speed, 11-34t

Chain

KMC X8

Brakes

Promax DSK-330R flat mount, 160mm rotors

TypeMechanical Disc

Wheels
Rims

Front: Novatec, 32h, 100mm, WTB ST i23 TCS 2.0 650b, 2.0mm spokes, brass nipples, Rear: Novatec, 32h, 135mm, WTB ST i23 TCS 2.0 650b, 2.0mm spokes, brass nipples

Tires

Teravail Sparwood 27.5 x 2.1" Wire Bead NOT TUBELESS COMPATIBLE

Disc Rotors

Promax DSK-330R flat mount, 160mm rotors

Accessories
Racks

Low rider rack capability on the fork with mid-blade mounts with integrated mounts for a rear rack. For optimal rear rack fit, we recommend our Wanderlust Rack

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